Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
Joined on Feb 18, 2005


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Gesture: Slides don't make sense?

But one nice thing. I can buy 3 Pentax K-1s for the cost of a Canon EOS01D X Mark II and have money left over for a lens.

Hey, I just bought a K-1, but the Canon is a remarkable tool that can do things that the Pentax cannot, and to a pro can be critical.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 22:10 UTC
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Mister Joseph: What's the lens used on the K-1? Outside of the image center seems to be out of focus or just soft?

I agree; even the APS-C K-3 looks sharper, except for the Pixel Shift which is stunning. I wonder if it's a lens issue, or vibration-related.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (377 comments in total)
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Ishpuini: Metering with manual lenses? In manual mode press the green button for stop down metering. Works like a charm.

Good information for the rest!! Tx

Also: if you're shooting wide-open you can just set it to Aperture Priority and shoot away.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 23:26 UTC
On article Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 ED VR real-world sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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John Swenson: Love these shots of the desolate Eastern Washington farm country in winter, old farm equipment and Palouse Falls! I can appreciate them even more because I've done a lot of shooting all over Eastern Washington myself over the years.

I got so caught up in appreciating the actual photos that I forget we were supposed to be analyzing every shot for sharpness, bokeh, chromatic aberrations, color saturation, etc. I never got past focusing on the actual photography. Imagine that ;-)

You have a good attitude, but this is a *gear* forum.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (230 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

My apologies; I just didn't care for the headline, the article is actually worth the read ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 19:18 UTC
On article The new Canon 35mm F1.4L II will be a thing of beauty (230 comments in total)

I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:57 UTC as 48th comment | 12 replies
On article Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers (227 comments in total)

Dear Ricoh: please make some lenses like Fuji, and I'll give you some of my money.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 20th comment
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1256 comments in total)
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Swordman: This is a total game changer and will force its competitors to up the game. It's fair to say, that in maybe another 5 years, that mirrorless will outperform DSLRs in every area other than battery life.

It's only a "game changer" if it sells. The distinction between mirrorless and DSLRs is arbitrary anyway, just a different way of projecting an image into a viewfinder. As a DSLR user, I expect EVFs to continually improve to the point that there's *no point* to having a mirror. But other than a slightly different manufacturing process, it really doesn't matter all that much to the end user.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
On article CP+ 2015: Hands-on with new Pentax K-S2 (171 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: It is still one fat device... why not just get A6000 with SELP1650? =D

Commence mirrorless vs. DSLR debate in three ... two ... one ...

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
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Elliot H: aperture starts at F4, what an advance

Typical DSLR and mirrorless kit lenses are f3.5-5.6, this is f4-5.6. Losing a half stop on the wide end is hardly a big loss. And did you know you can buy faster lenses for it?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 22:51 UTC
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Christos5120: I think, in 2015 Pentax (Richo) needs a compact mirrorless body (no, not like the K1) more than a FF body. A Pentax FF body in 2015 is too late...

A compact mirrorless body from Pentax: because there are so few of those on the market to choose from. For better or worse, they are stuck with K-mount registration distance design constraints for the time being, so going FF makes more sense than ditching their established mount or making an oversized mirrorless to accommodate it.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 17:16 UTC
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jaxson: Collapsing the kit lens seems like a half assed attempt to reduce the size, but one which still leaves you with something massive over mirrorless.

This new body actually seems sweet for me, as an upgrade to the K-30. Assume it's Weather Resistant also?

Mic input is a video only feature, but it's honestly only useful if you have audio levels displayed. Otherwise you don't know if you've set the gain right.

Also, disable the STUPID Movie SR simulated shake reduction and return to real sensor shift stabilisation, and allow focus peaking to work DURING video when we need it most, and they're pretty much onto a winner.

DSLR is massive! Must lift weights and bulk up to lift massive DSLR!

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 01:33 UTC
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caravan: Fuji,makes many fine products but another zoom lens,please stop,and bring on the primes.

Fuji already has lots of primes; what they didn't have was a weather-sealed lens for the XT-1. Much like the Pentax equivalent, these lenses make sense as being super zooms because if you're in a bad weather environment you don't want to be changing lenses anyway. And the less-than-stellar optical performance at the edges is usually not a factor in the way these lenses are used. That's why the Pentax lens, although being criticized for its weak edge performance, is a popular and well-liked lens by its users who find it very useful. I suspect this new Fuji lens will be too.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1980 comments in total)
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Reality Check: "Note that in order to get maximal image quality out of the D810, we flipped the mirror up 3s prior to each exposure, and engaged electronic 1st curtain to eliminate any effects of the shutter opening on image sharpness."

Um yeah.. That may be fine and well for studio test scenes and landscapes, but how does that work for all the other types of photography - you know the other 90% of photography...

Seems something with lower mp would have greater benefit overall, unless test charts and shadowless landscapes are your thing..

Maybe there's something to be said for a camera you can use for 100% of your photography?

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3 Review (650 comments in total)

Weird, this camera gets a 76% score (pretty good) but has a very low value score. I guess "value" doesn't weigh in as much here as it does in my life.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:07 UTC as 151st comment
On article What is equivalence and why should I care? (2177 comments in total)

Mirrorless zealots versus full-frame zealots: FIGHT!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 19:41 UTC as 249th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 (201 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: I would still get a K5iiS and a Tamron superzoom lense and it would not cost that much. Don't care about video that much...

A DSLR only makes sense over something like this Sony if you're going to buy multiple lenses for it. If on the other hand you're looking for a single-lens solution, the Sony makes more sense. A super-zoom on a DSLR delivers (almost always) fairly mediocre image quality and the slow aperture offsets the advantage of the larger sensor. In fact, I bet the RX10 produces *better* IQ than a typical DSLR with a consumer super-zoom in most situations.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1980 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Call this off topic if you will, but can anyone speculate why can't nikon fit the guts of the d810 in a body the size if the nikon F2?

Nothing more, noting less, just the size of the F2... Not for the retro looks, just for the size and portability.

Why stop there: why can't they fit this into my phone? Perhaps the engineers are dealing with issues beyond the scope of your expertise?

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On article Street photography tips with Zack Arias (152 comments in total)

Nice commercial ;)

Link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (707 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "an order of magnitude more"

No, less than four times more.

Fun with numbers: "almost 400% more!"

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
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